Not usually one for thematic collections, like everyone else, in 2020 N Hoolywood founder and head designer Daisuke Obana found the rhythm of his life interrupted. While confined under lockdown, Obana became fascinated with the US Space Command’s decision to send two astronauts to the International Space Station in the midst of the biggest global health crisis in a century. Captivated by the possibility of imagining beyond the pandemic-induced claustrophobia and isolation, the resulting collection bears the marks of a visionary designer looking forward.
True to form, on his cosmic forays Obana steered clear of literal interpretation of his chosen theme. Instead—with his trademark eye for formal innovation—the designer sought to allude to interplanetary travel more obliquely through highly considered use of new materials and space-inspired details. Lockdown also provided Obana with ample time to reflect on his past work, excavating from his archives the designs he deemed most fundamental for the world as it is today. In doing so, Obana puts the past in dialogue with the present while imagining future possibilities.
N Hoolywood’s Test Product Exchange Service is the label’s military-inspired line, created in appreciation of military wear’s unmatched functionality. Military wear intended for use in unforgiving environments provides Daisuke Obana with a unique template for his experiments in form. This season, the Test Product Exchange Service range is the main vehicle for the collection’s cosmic influences, conveyed via play between form and materials.
Part of a range of seasonal pieces modelled on US military attire of the 20th century, the N Hoolywood Medical Shirt is based on the smock once worn by US Army medical personnel. Constructed from the highest-quality water-repellent and wrinkle-resistant nylon taffeta produced by Italian company Limonta, this collared shirt possesses a unique glossy finish. This black colourway features a drop shoulder and relaxed fit thanks to a wide-body and wide sleeves. The statement details of this piece come in the way of two patches: the first is a patch pocket on the chest constructed from glossy fabric; the second is a seasonal Mil-Spec patch attached below the collar at the back with different colours for different sizes. Other features include a regular collar, straight hem, and front button closure.
Made in Japan from 100% nylon.
Style Number: 9211-SH06-003.
Model is 179cm and wears size 36.
Level 1, 115 Queen St
Brisbane Q 4000
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